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Cross-Strait Relations
Virus Outbreak: Legislator Urges Policy for China-Based Workers (2020-02-18)
(Taipei Times, By Hsieh Chun-lin and Dennis Xie) China-based Taiwanese manufacturers should not require their Taiwanese employees to return to work before COVID-19 is sufficiently under control in China, a lawmaker said yesterday, adding that Taipei should implement stricter policies to ensure workers’ safety. <Accessed 2020-02-18> 

Taiwan Bars Children of Taiwanese-Chinese Couples From Repatriation Amid Coronavirus Outbreak (2020-02-18)
(The Diplomat, By Nick Aspinwall) This week, however, there was a domestic uproar over a controversial decision by Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) not to allow the children of Taiwanese and Chinese couples to be repatriated to Taiwan from China. <Accessed 2020-02-18>
U.S.-Taiwan Relations
U.S. Identifies Warship That Sailed Through Taiwan Strait Saturday (2020-02-16)
(CNA, By Joseph Yeh) The U.S. warship that sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Saturday has been identified as the USS Chancellorsville, according to a Facebook post by the U.S. Seventh Fleet late Saturday. <Accessed 2020-02-16> 

Tech Event to Fight Disinformation Opens (2020-02-20)
(Taipei Times/CNA) The “US-Taiwan Tech Challenge: Countering Disinformation and Propaganda,” opened yesterday in Taipei as part of efforts by the two nations to develop innovative technologies to curtail the spread of disinformation. <Accessed 2020-02-23> 

President Receives Former U.S. Official, Thanks Him For Support (2020-02-20)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim and Wen Kuei-hsiang) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) received Randall Schriver, a former U.S. assistant secretary of defense, at the Presidential Office Thursday and thanked him for his support for U.S. arms sales to Taiwan during his stint in the post. <Accessed 2020-02-23> 
Taiwan's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Taiwan's Domestic Politics

Taiwan’s Military Is a Hollow Shell (2020-02-18)
(Foreign Policy, By Paul Huang) Even as the military refits itself with flashy U.S. arms purchases, such as M1 Abrams tanks and F-16V fighter jets, its front-line units are hollowed out, and the entire reserve system is so dysfunctional that few experts or serving military personnel believe it can make a real military contribution in the event of a war. <Accessed 2020-02-18>

Signatures for Petition to Recall Han Pass 450,000 (2020-02-20)
(Taipei Times, By Shih Hsiao-kuang) More than 450,000 signatures have been collected for the second-phase petition of a campaign to recall Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), with that number expected to surpass 500,000 by the middle of next month, Wecare Kaohsiung founder Aaron Yin (尹立) said yesterday, urging Han to “know when to quit.” <Accessed 2020-02-23> 

Premier Touts Cabinet’s Achievements (2020-02-22)
(Taipei Times, By Sean Lin) Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) yesterday at the Legislative Yuan in Taipei touted his Cabinet’s achievements in areas ranging from disease prevention, the cultural and creative sectors, and renewable energy to collaborations with the indigenous defense industry. <Accessed 2020-02-23>

Taiwan's Foreign Relations

Virus Outbreak: Policy Helped Get Manila Ban Dropped (2020-02-16)
(Taipei Times, By Lee Hsin-fang) The government’s New Southbound Policy has brought Taiwanese and Filipinos closer, and played a role in prompting Manila to remove Taiwan from its temporary travel ban, Executive Yuan spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka said yesterday. <Accessed 2020-02-16> 

Virus Outbreak: Canadian Lawmakers Challenge ICAO’s Taiwan Stance (2020-02-18)
(Taipei Times, By Lu Yi-hsuan and William Hetherington) Canadian Conservative Party lawmakers on Sunday challenged the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) over its exclusion of Taiwan. <Accessed 2020-02-18> 

Taiwan Says Ban on Italian Pork Not Retaliatory (2020-02-20)
(CNA, By Emerson Lim) Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday that the government's ban on pork imports from Italy was not related to the European country's restriction of flights to Taiwan over coronavirus fears. <Accessed 2020-02-23> 

Virus Outbreak: Lawmakers Back WHO Participation for Taiwan (2020-02-22)
(Taipei Times, By Sean Lin) Lawmakers across party lines yesterday issued a joint statement calling for Taiwan’s participation in the WHO and its decisionmaking body, the World Health Assembly (WHA), and urging the global health body to make a distinction between Taiwan and China. <Accessed 2020-02-23> 
U.S.-China Relations
US President Donald Trump Warns Germany Huawei 5G Deals Will Put Intelligence Sharing at Risk (2020-02-17)
(South China Morning Post, By Stuart Lau) President Donald Trump warned Germany that the United States will cut off intelligence sharing if Berlin does not ban Chinese telecoms company Huawei Technologies from its 5G infrastructure. <Accessed 2020-02-23>

U.S. Designates China’s Official Media as Operatives of the Communist State
 (2020-02-18)
(New York Times, By Lara Jakes and Steven Lee Myers) The move is the latest in the Trump administration’s efforts to counter Beijing’s influence and intelligence operations in the United States. <Accessed 2020-02-23>

Coronavirus Threatens to Blow Up Trump’s Energy Trade Deal With China
 (2020-02-18)
(Foreign Policy, By Keith Johnson) While it was always going to be a stretch to meet the ambitious Chinese purchase targets laid out in the agreement, the recent explosion of the coronavirus and the impact it has had on China’s economic growth have now made those grandiose energy visions completely unrealistic—just as Trump takes to the campaign trail to tout the deal’s benefits ahead of his reelection bid. <Accessed 2020-02-18>

The Coronavirus Epidemic: Challenge or Opportunity for US-China Relations? (2020-02-18)
(The Diplomat, By Bao Huaying) Tough policies and harsh criticism from the U.S. government have been challenging the U.S.-China bilateral relationship to such an extent that Cui Tiankai, the Chinese ambassador to the United States, warned both sides to “guard against any political virus” in addition to the biological virus. <Accessed 2020-02-18>

Coronavirus Worsens U.S.-China Ties and Bolsters Hawks in Washington (2020-02-19)
(New York Times, By Steven Lee Myers and Edward Wong) But if hard-liners in the U.S. administration were hoping for a united, anti-China message from Washington, that goal has been undermined by President Trump. <Accessed 2020-02-23>

China Expels 3 Wall Street Journal Reporters as Media Relations Sour (2020-02-19)
(New York Times, By Alexandra Stevenson) China said on Wednesday that it would expel three Wall Street Journal reporters working in mainland China, a significant escalation of Beijing’s pressure on the foreign news media. <Accessed 2020-02-23>

U.S. Urges EU to Use 5G by Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, Seen on Par with Huawei (2020-02-19)
(Reuters, By Sergio Goncalves) EU countries have no reason to use 5G mobile technology from Huawei because Sweden’s Ericsson (ERICb.ST), Finland’s Nokia (NOKIA.HE) and South Korea’s Samsung (005930.KS) are on par with the Chinese group in the field, a senior U.S. diplomat said. <Accessed 2020-02-23>

Huawei Pushes US to Release Secret Files on HSBC-Meng Wanzhou Ties as Legal Battle Broadens (2020-02-21)
(South China Morning Post, By Zhou Xin) Huawei Technologies has asked the US government to release a long list of documents related to the extradition case against chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, according to a letter filed by the company’s US lawyers to the Court for the Eastern District of New York. <Accessed 2020-02-23>

US Must Be Ready for Military Clash with China, Pentagon Official Chad Sbragia Says (2020-02-21)
(South China Morning Post, By Mark Magnier) The United States must prepare for a possible military conflict with China by developing new weapons, strengthening ties with allies and improving the Pentagon’s efficiency, a senior Trump administration official said on Thursday. <Accessed 2020-02-23>

PacNet #8 – Who Cares if the US Is in a “New Cold War” with China? (2020-02-21)
(Pacific Forum, By Jacob Stokes) How US policymakers answer such questions will shape Sino-American relations much more than generalized observations on Cold Wars or lack thereof. <Accessed 2020-02-23>
China's Domestic Politics and Foreign Relations
Domestic Politics in Mainland China

China Postpones Year’s Biggest Political Gathering amid Coronavirus Outbreak (2020-02-17)
(South China Morning Post, By Jun Mai) China’s annual parliamentary meeting, which was scheduled for early March, will almost certainly be postponed because of the Covid-19 outbreak. <Accessed 2020-02-23>

Coronavirus Crisis Pushes States to Quarantine Online Information (2020-02-18)
Foreign Policy, By Sean Martin McDonald, An Xiao Mina) Domestically, both the Chinese attempts to control initial reports of the outbreak and the quarantine itself were examples of what we have described in earlier work as “Nationalist (Consolidator)” tactics, i.e., using control over the internet to extend domestic power. <Accessed 2020-02-18>

What History Teaches About the Coronavirus Emergency (2020-02-18)
(The Diplomat, By Wayne Soon and Ja Ian Chong) For all the ambitious talk about the “China Dream,” authorities in Beijing may find higher standards of transparency and inclusiveness difficult to attain. The Chinese government currently excludes Taiwan from the World Health Organization (WHO) and allegedly pressured the WHO to limit negative reporting on the coronavirus — all this during an ongoing emergency. <Accessed 2020-02-18>

What the Fight Against the New Coronavirus Tells Us About the Post-Reform PLA (2020-02-18)
(The Diplomat, By Ying Yu Lin) How the post-reform medical system of the PLA can effectively integrate resources and function efficiently may be an issue that the PLA needs to think about after discovering its insufficiencies in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak. <Accessed 2020-02-18>

China’s Coronavirus Outbreak and Economic Performance: Test for Performance Legitimacy? (2020-02-18)
(The Diplomat, By Dingding Chen and Yu Xia) Once promises are unfulfilled, unlike legal-electoral legitimacy, the state offers no alternatives for diffusing grievance, and, therefore, a political crisis could be triggered. For another, as the regime relies heavily on its performance, any challenge to the moral and economy performance of top leaders or specific policies directly imperils its legitimacy. <Accessed 2020-02-18>

As China Fights the Coronavirus, Some Say It Has Gone Too Far (2020-02-20)
(New York Times, By Keith Bradsher) Some Chinese business figures are taking an unusual public stand, saying the containment efforts threaten to strangle the economy if applied too broadly. <Accessed 2020-02-23>

China’s Arms Industry Back in Business despite Disruption by Coronavirus (2020-02-23)
(South China Morning Post, By Minnie Chan) The Chinese arms industry resumed full production early this month amid the prolonged coronavirus outbreak, as military experts said the People’s Liberation Army should keep up its weaponry programmes in the face of rising security challenges in the region. <Accessed 2020-02-23>

Beijing and Hong Kong

Where Does China’s ‘One Country, Two Systems’ Stand in 2020? (2020-02-18)
(The Diplomat, By Derek Grossman) None of this, however, has resulted in a wholesale rejection of the formula in Hong Kong. When coupled with Macau’s total obedience to the mainland, it becomes clear that, in spite of the Taiwan challenge, Beijing can claim bright spots as well. <Accessed 2020-02-18>

China's Foreign Relations

Huawei’s Quest for Self-reliance (2020-02-14)
(East Asia Forum, By Mark Manantan) Under the auspices of Made in China 2025, the key for Huawei’s survival is developing its own indigenous technologies — an ambition conceived in the pre-Trump era. <Accessed 2020-02-23>

Coronavirus Takes Its Toll on China-Indonesia Relations
 (2020-02-18)
(The Diplomat, By Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat and Dikanaya Tarahita) Although its policy seems understandable given that the number of coronavirus cases keeps increasing, Jakarta’s move to ban travel to and from China will not only to disrupt its tourism industry, but also could negatively impact the economy and Indonesia-China relations as a whole. <Accessed 2020-02-18>

China Threatened to Harm Czech Companies Over Taiwan Visit: Letter (2020-02-19)
(Reuters, By Raphael Satter and Nick Carey) Beijing threatened to retaliate against Czech companies with operations in China if a senior Czech lawmaker went ahead with a planned visit to Taiwan, according to a diplomatic letter seen by Reuters. <Accessed 2020-02-23>

Coronavirus ‘Dents Plans’ for EU-China Investment Deal by September (2020-02-21)
(South China Morning Post, By Stuart Lau) The coronavirus epidemic has reduced prospects for China and the European Union reaching a landmark investment deal in time for a September summit, the EU’s top trade official said on Wednesday. <Accessed 2020-02-23>
Territorial Disputes, the Korean Peninsula, and Other Regional Issues
Territorial Disputes

Ending Philippines-US Military Pact Will Affect South China Sea Disputes: Analysts (2020-02-16)
(South China Morning Post, By Meaghan Tobin) After years of threatening to abandon the Philippines’ military alliance with the United States, President Rodrigo Duterte last week confirmed plans to terminate the agreement governing the presence of American troops, a key part of one of Southeast Asia’s major security partnerships. <Accessed 2020-02-23>

How Vietnam is Using Fishing Trawlers to Keep An Eye on China’s Military (2020-02-23)
(South China Morning Post, By Liu Zhen) Vietnamese trawlers – some with militia on board – are intruding repeatedly into Chinese waters near the southern island of Hainan as Hanoi steps up its presence in the South China Sea, according to Chinese diplomatic observers. <Accessed 2020-02-23>

The Korean Peninsula

Ex-North Korean Diplomat Runs for South Korean Parliament (2020-02-19)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun) A former North Korean diplomat who fled his embassy posting has become the first defector to run for South Korea’s Parliament, saying on Wednesday that he was motivated by Seoul’s forced repatriation of two North Korean fishermen who wanted to defect to the South. <Accessed 2020-02-23>

Coronavirus Spreads as New Cases Double in South Korea
 (2020-02-22)
(New York Times, By Choe Sang-Hun and Derrick Bryson Taylor) The coronavirus spread to more countries and the numbers of new cases and deaths outside of China climbed, with special concern focused on South Korea, where infections doubled in a single day — raising fears that another Asian country was losing control of the escalating epidemic. <Accessed 2020-02-23>

Other Regional Issues

The U.S. and Europe Are Speaking a Different Language on China (2020-02-18)
(Foreign Policy, By Noah Barkin) The hosts listened to the U.S. warnings about China politely. But even the conference host, Wolfgang Ischinger, a veteran German diplomat, couldn’t help but push back against the American torrent, reminding the audience gathered in the Bayerischer Hof that China was in the midst of tackling the coronavirus, an epidemic of historic proportions, with implications for the entire world. <Accessed 2020-02-18>

5G and Huawei: The UK and EU Decide (2020-02-18)
(The Diplomat, By John Lee) Decision-makers in London and around Europe seem to have concluded that the risks of the Chinese state exploiting their interdependence with Huawei, when weighed against the potential gains from rapid progression to 5G-enabled economies by using Huawei equipment, can be managed through judicious controls. <Accessed 2020-02-18>

US Must Recapture Lost Ground in Southeast Asia or Risk Being Shut Out (2020-02-18)
(The Diplomat, By John Goyer) These concerns have intensified recently, as current and former government officials, business leaders, academics, and other opinion leaders increasingly voice worries that the U.S. is withdrawing from, disengaging from, or otherwise neglecting Southeast Asia. <Accessed 2020-02-18>

ADMM+ a Plus for Mitigating US–China Rivalry (2020-02-22)
(East Asia Forum, By See Seng Tan) With both China and the United States initiating competing and exclusive regional visions and diplomatic structures, ASEAN-centric platforms such as the ADMM+ are more relevant than ever before. <Accessed 2020-02-23>

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